The paper boat was made using 1000 sheets using the interlocking technique. The cardboard sheet size used is 40x60 inches and is double-layered 5ply – 6 mm thickness.
Purpose of the project was to raise awareness regarding the water crisis present across the world. According to the press release, there are 844 million people with no access to safe water.
Jürgen Wolf of Hafele South Asia said, “It is of utmost essence that all need to be made aware of the seriousness of the issue of Water Crisis. A project like this achieves that. Hafele supports worthy causes and is happy to associate with this ‘#PaperBoat - World Record’ creating an eco-friendly initiative.”
Gaurang Shetty, CEO Somaiya RiiDl, “What better way to inspire and innovate at Maker Mela than making something that is ecologically friendly, is challenging to build and creates awareness of environmental protection."
“Cardboard is eco-friendly, as it is made out of recycled paper. By making such huge sculpture with cardboard using recycling ideas, we can contribute to the cause of prevention of water pollution,” added Haresh Mehta of Jayna Packaging.
Stressing on the problem of the water crisis, Nuru Karim of Nudes said, “Water conservation has posed a challenge to humanity. Here at Maker Mela, we are working with eco-friendly cardboard to raise awareness about the Global Water Management crisis. By making this unique structure we will spread awareness amongst communities who will take notice of my inspiration for the cause.”
On completion of the project, the paper boat structure was 88ft in height, 25ft width, and 9ft length. It comprised of 3050 CNC pieces which were interlocked and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle.
The boat is kept for display at the campus for seven days. Later it will be moved to various exhibitions and galleries to spread awareness regarding the water crisis. Also, the project Paper Boat was powered by Hafele India.